Reviewer:dc in colorado -
January 8, 2014 Subject:
very very very very very good. That's 5 "very"s.
Been getting in deep with this show and coming to believe it deserves to be on the short list of "all-time greats". Jerry's voice is creaky this night, but so what? It is still on key and full of soul. Even if one considers a sweet voice to be important (I don't) surely that flaw is tiny considering how sharp everybody's playing is. The list of outstanding renditions from this show is basically the entire set list.
July 20, 2012 Subject:
my thoughts only....
To those who are always speaking of Jerrys condition over the years. Why do rip him to shreds with The Herion coments and he looks like shit? In my oppion having gone threw the same addiction jerry went threw. I think he held up pretty well.Now that said I am lucky enough to come out the side of the addiction. I also am a firm believer in his looking like he did during this year during summer had to do with his long freaky hair ( which I thought was great) after all we were all looking the same way long hair not eating rite and travel. It took many of us down.
As far as this show went,I loved it Loved the summer tours and Yes i was apart of all of them from 81 to 89. 82 being the year i was on board full time threw to fall of 89. Loved the why don't we do it the road. Also concer with reviewer belowing on The Morning Dews of 80's Loved them more in the early 80's That said i love the 3 2 87 DEW and my favortie of all time is hampton spring of 84. Sorry to ramble, just my thoughts not everyone elses. rest well and enjoy life
Reviewer:Cozmic Craig -
June 27, 2012 Subject:
28 Years Ago Today...
This wasn't my first show...that was Baltimore Civic Center in '82. I went on tour full time the next year and saw roughly 200 shows until fall '90...when I saw my last show at MSG - the last night of course. The same drugs that eventually took Jerry had me for a spell...but I digress. My friends and I often debate what the best show EVER was, best tour ever, best China Cat> Rider ever, best sounding board ever...etc. You get the point. One thing we never argue, and just respect, is what show "stole you face" forever! You know, the one that sent you packing. This was mine. His voice still sounds as angelic as that night...to me. Virtually every song in the 2nd set goes there..to where 'it doesn't really matter'...only to erupt as if to say "it doesn't? Then what's this?"There's a romantic quality to these years in the Dead's history that you probably had to be there for. So i can't really argue with some of our older brethren...And I LOVE 72-73, so I get it. But this is just plain...well, I can't really describe it. Listen for yourself.
October 12, 2011 Subject:
Always liked Merriweather, being from Columbia at the time it made going to shows so much easier because I could walk.
Anyway, Jerry looked like shit, barely moving, and his voice was creaky at best. However his guitar playing is/was stellar and he's not the only one who's on for this show. I have to give props to Brent and rest of the lads as well.
The Loser is wonderful, Let It Grow is among my favorite versions of the song ever. Check out Jerry's insane shredding! Wow. The Morning Dew out of Space is at first wonderfully spacey and then gets really strong.
Not everything is wonderful, the transition from Estimated to Eyes is pretty much a trainwreck tho individually the songs both shine. Overall the show is raw, heartfelt and creative. I don't know why '84 gets slagged by the fans because it had some fantastic shows and this is one of them.
January 15, 2011 Subject:
This show will always be refered to as the "Penguin Show"(Pronounced Panguins)because of the design on the blotter acid we all dropped that aside it was one of the best show's i ever saw the band in my humble opinion was definitely on for this one the whole first set was amazing and the second set was just as good man did we all have a great time at this show! this is a great recording of it and the memories (yes there were some) came flooding back it was great to sit and re-live those stolen moments of my youth
March 23, 2010 Subject:
A Great Night
Evan refreshing to hear a reviewer give an objective opinion on an '84 show, to me it is the subject of bogus hype, al;ot of which comes form peopelk who werenpt even at the shows. I saw a little over 90 shows in my day, the large majority of them from '84-'86, so sure I may be a little biased. But the fact is theys ounded much bette rin '84 than in the late '80's. They rarely did any iomprov in the late '80's, an dthe one tour they did, fall '89, they were so short it ewas almost like, why bother. Their sound was also pretty tame once the midi cam in. And you hit on a key poiutn Evan - Phil. The Dead had an awesome, meaty, powerful sound in '83-'86. In large part due to Brent when he played the Hammond B-3, and Lesh. These were the ealry years pf the foirst Quantum six-string. An incredible sound, especially live. Analog tapes could nopt do it justice, digital does a much beter job but still doesn;t capture it. It was truly an amazing instrument and their live sound had an incredible power and texture as aresult. A Dew from '84 blows away a Dew from '89 - I saw both, and while Jerry was clearly in poor shape in '84, his playoing was monstrous as was his sound, and the whole band;s in general. Then once Brent sadly passed, they never recaptured it in my view, kudos for plugging away for 5 more years.
I was at this show and it was greta on many levels, song selection and performance, plus the treat of Do it in teh Road which went over extremely well, a precursor to the 11.2 breakout of Gimme Some Lovin. An awesome second set, easily in the top 10 of '84 with Augusta, 7.13 & 15, 11.2, 10.14, 4.27, etc. The latter part of the '84 summer tour was graet and these shows started that momentum.
I would love to see reviewers qualify their review - i.e. were they there - opr are theu giving simply a "taper's" perpsective. Twop very different things. I have no problem with people who werent there reviewing shows, they can comment on quality of recording as well as anyone - but don;t tell me '84 was a slack year because they have no idea whta they are talking about. I have seen people on here bash '85 becase of how bad Jerrys voice was, yet those were some of the most incredible shows I evr saw, that they ever played. I rememebr Stu Nixon writing an article in Golden Road at the end of '85 saying it was his favorite year, and he had been seing them since '69.
And as always - a huge, huge thankls to Mr. Charlie Miller, who's efforts are appreciated beyond description by us mid-'80's Heads.
September 5, 2009 Subject:
One of the best shows of 84 IMO. Amazing remastered sound quality by C Miller.
Reviewer:Evan S. Hunt -
July 5, 2009 Subject:
Phil's Presence Establishes
This show as one of the surprise 1984 shows for me, but I am not well-versed in the shows of this particular year. I have succumbed to so many comments and reviews of 1984 being a slack year.
The bass guitar is so well recorded and thereby so omni-present that it allows the hearer to discern every instrument in ensemble. Phil's playing is so articulated that you can detect every nuance emanated from off his hard felt pick.
A beautiful work.
July 1, 2009 Subject:
Amazing sound quality
the bass response is just mind boggling
up there with the berkeley shows in terms of performance, phil is just having fun